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Metal industry news, April 2011

Plansee reports that its production site in Esashi, Japan, is now back in full operation.

Swedish metal powder producer Höganäs, in its 2011 interim report, has posted net sales of MSEK 1,770 (1,548) in the first quarter of 2011, up 14% year on

GKN Driveline says that it plans to keep on expanding production and introducing new automotive technology in China.

Automotive specialist Mahle says that it achieved group sales of €5,260.6 million in the 2010 business year, the highest sales figure in the company's hist

Engineered Sintered Components (ESC) is investing US$9 million in a 20,000 sq ft addition to their second on-site facility and in new equipment.

Metal powder and automotive manufacturer GKN has reported continuing strong results in its 2011 first quarter report, including a 14% rise in sales.

Union Process Inc has built an attritor for a European manufacturer of raw materials for the ceramic industry.

China said it will increase this year’s production quota for rare earths but gave no sign it might reverse plans to cut exports of the exotic metals needed

General Motors (www.gm.com) and Ford (www.ford.com) said the recovery in their home market may continue in the face of Japan’s disasters.

Umicore has awarded its 2010 Scientific Award to Dr Damien Debecker for his work on molybdenum-based catalysts.

Jonas Gustavsson, currently president of the wire and heating technology product area within Sandvik Materials Technology, has been appointed its new presi

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